Fair & Equitable Infrastructure: Investing in Communities & Workers

Overview

This webinar will discuss why federal infrastructure investments matter and how these investments can advance equity and economic opportunity; lift up examples of infrastructure projects already underway that are improving communities and investing in workers who face barriers to employment; and share guiding principles for fair and equitable federal infrastructure investments.

Transportation Equity Caucus Letter of Elimination of DOT Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity

What does gentrification and displacement mean for Equitable Economic Development?

Overview

In many cities, there is much debate about defining and identifying gentrification. There is also a lively debate about the relationship between economic development activities, like new retail or corridor revitalization, and displacement of residents and local businesses. Many city leaders struggle with how to understand how gentrification and displacement impacts their residents, especially low-income residents and communities of color, and what tools to use to address negative impacts. During this webinar, we will engage in a dialogue about these issues with staff from PolicyLink, facilitated by Anita Cozart, Senior Director and featuring Kalima Rose, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Victor Rubin, Vice President of Research.

Moderator:

  • Anita Cozart, Senior Director PolicyLink

Guest Speakers:

  • Kalima Rose, Vice President Strategic Initiatives PolicyLink
  • Victor Rubin, Vice President of Research PolicyLink

Ensuring Equity-Centered Provisions in Upcoming Infrastructure Proposals: A Strategy Discussion Webinar

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  • In this strategy discussion on crafting an infrastructure proposal that would serve as an opportunity to improve the social determinants of health and quality of life for underserved families and communities, experts explored the tools and policy mechanisms that can be used to address health and economic disparities and identified strategies to ensure equity is built into infrastructure legislation. (Scroll down and register for the webinar in order to access the archive.)

Transportation Matters: Closing the Chasm between Housing and Transportation to Foster Communities of Opportunity for All

Overview

"Transportation Matters: Closing the Chasm between Housing and Transportation to Foster Communities of Opportunity for All," by PolicyLink staff member Anita Cozart, appears in the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, volume 25, issue no. 2, © 2017 American Bar Association. It examines the "chasm" that exists between the two sectors and what can be done to break down the barriers and create benefits and opportunities for all. Please note: This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Perspectives on Advancing Economic and Social Equity in Federal Transportation Policy: Briefing papers for the 10/25/12 Forum of the Equity Caucus at Transportation for America

Overview

The following briefs have been prepared by several leading transportation researchers to inform the
dialogue during a forum hosted by the Equity Caucus at Transportation for America in Washington DC
on October 25th, 2012.

Fostering Access to Opportunity HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Housing Rule

Overview

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires HUD to conduct programs in such a manner that “affirmatively furthers fair housing” – a term that has never been defined. Responding to concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office and stakeholders, the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule does three key things:
 
  1. Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that expand mobility for all households in opportunity-rich communities, reducing segregation and concentrated poverty – as well as actions that invest in high-poverty communities, expanding opportunity for existing residents.
  2. Improves the process that local jurisdictions undertake to ensure that HUD funds are being used to further fair housing by aligning it with Consolidated Plans for CDBG and HOME allocations and with Public Housing Plans for public housing dollars.
  3. Provides local jurisdictions with consistent data to ensure that grantees can measure their progress on reducing segregation and racially concentrated

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule is Sound Policy

Overview

While the Fair Housing Act has largely succeeded in outlawing overt housing discrimination, it has been less effective in promoting equal opportunity, in large part because of a lack of clarity and technical support surrounding the mandate to “affirmatively further” fair housing goals.

The AFFH rule provides much-needed clarification of the Fair Housing Act and provides support to HUD grantees that makes grantees better equipped to promote fair housing choice, foster inclusive communities, and increase opportunity for all residents.

AFH Roles Matrix

Overview

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.

This is not meant to be a checklist, but rather a tool for brainstorming potential stakeholders that will amplify the success of the AFH. Keep in mind that not every HUD program participant will need to include all of these players; however, many may play a vital role in ensuring better AFH outcomes, which leads to increased access to opportunity for historically marginalized communities.

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

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Transportation is a tried and proven investment that connects people to what they need to live a good, vibrant life and to be upwardly economically mobile. Transportation connects children to good schools, their parents to good jobs, and ensures access to clinics, libraries, parks and recreation, grocery stores and other essential amenities and services. 
 
The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule and its companion data tool provide a tremendous resource for planning at the regional and local levels. The AFFH supports integrated assessment and planning approaches that can more closely examine patterns of disinvestment and barriers to opportunity. The AFFH can foster the alignment of investments in transportation, housing, job centers and economic development that fosters access to opportunity for those currently being left out. 
 
This webinar looks at the AFFH rule and how it can be used to promote equitable transportation, transit-oriented development, and opportunity-focused place making. Learn how to get involved in and influence your local AFFH process and how the AFFH data tool can be used as an ongoing resource to support equitable transportation planning. 
 
Speakers included: 
  • Patricia Fron, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance 
  • Ubax Gardheere, Puget Sound Sage 
  • Jonathan Burch, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 
  • Emily Chatterjee, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Ben Bakkenta, Puget Sound Regional Council 
  • Sarita Turner, PolicyLink 
  • Anita Cozart, PolicyLink 

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule PowerPoint Presentation

Overview

This is the powerpoint presentation which accompanies the webinar archive, Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
 
This webinar looks at the AFFH rule and how it can be used to promote equitable transportation, transit-oriented development, and opportunity-focused place making. Learn how to get involved in and influence your local AFFH process and how the AFFH data tool can be used as an ongoing resource to support equitable transportation planning. 
 
Speakers included: 
Patricia Fron, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance 
Ubax Gardheere, Puget Sound Sage 
Jonathan Burch, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 
Emily Chatterjee, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Ben Bakkenta, Puget Sound Regional Council 
Sarita Turner, PolicyLink 
Anita Cozart, PolicyLink 

Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That's Making Your Commute Worse

Overview

 The federal government provides subsidies through the tax code for employer-provided and employer-paid automobile parking,
transit passes, and some other commuter expenses, but it does so in ways that run counter to the nation’s overall transportation goals. 
 
Those who receive the greatest tax savings from the transit benefit are not the low-income and working Americans who depend on transit the most, but rather higher-income Americans whose employers are more likely to offer transit benefits, who spend more on their transit commutes, and who save a greater share of every dollar spent on transit benefits due to their higher marginal income tax rates. 

Up-to-Date Analysis of Future Workforce Needs in Transit

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Presentation by the Transportation Learning Center on the future workforce needs in  the transportation industry.

Share of Transportation Industry Jobs: African Americans and Hispanics

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Valerie Wilson from the Economic Policy Institute presents data to illustrate the share of jobs created from transportation investments that will be filled by African Americans and Hispanics.

Transportation Update: Where We’ve Gone and What We’ve Learned

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For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral.  For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these barriers promptly.

Transportation For People With Disabilities: Summary and Recommendations

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Transportation is a critical issue for people with disabilities and is an essential component of equitable communities.The draft principles and issues outlined  in this summary can serve as a starting point as the workgroup continues their efforts to prioritize issues and create action steps towards change.

Weighing Maryland's Economic Future: Assessing the Benefits from the Red and Purple Lines.

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This report shows the numerous economic benefits to the state of Maryland that the Red Line and the Purple Line would deliver. Each tangible benefit tells just one piece of the full story of these projects. Taken together, the evidence is overwhelming that the Red and Purple Lines are a vital investment in Maryland’s future.

RE: Comments on April-May 2015 FTA Capital Investment Grant Rulemaking [Docket No. FTA–2015–0007]

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PolicyLink is pleased that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued guidance for the capital investment grants that (1) prioritize mobility and connectedness for low-income people and transit-dependent populations; and (2) incentivizes the provision of affordable housing close to public transportation.

Testimony from The Transportation Equity Caucus Statement for House Ways and Means Hearing

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Adequate federal transportation investments can lay a strong foundation for economic growth and expand opportunity for millions of people. Strategic federal investments in transportation can transform struggling communities, unleash untapped human potential, and promote local economic development to allow all people to thrive. When transportation funding decisions are driven by economic and social equity, we can build transportation system that works for everyone, regardless of income, race or zip code.

Statement for the Hearing Record: “Dead End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead: Challenges to the Future of Highway Funding”

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As members of the Transportation Equity Caucus, a diverse coalition of organizations promoting policies that ensure access, mobility, and opportunity for all, we appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement for the record today to express our priorities for the financing of the Highway Trust Fund.

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